Rustic Peach Pie
Author: Betsy Cohen
  • Crust:
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water
  • Filling:
  • 3 pounds peaches (6-7 peaches)
  • ¼ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  1. For the crust:
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a food processor. Pulse on/off to mix. Add the butter and pulse on/off until the butter is the size of baby peas. While using the pulse on/off button, add the ice water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix just until the dough becomes a ball. The dough should not be wet and sticky.
  3. Wrap the ball in a sheet of wax paper and form a disc shape with the dough. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400º. Set aside 9” pie plate.
  5. For the filling:
  6. Cut each peach into 8 pieces. Combine the peach slices with sugar, light brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir gently to combine. Add the butter and stir in.
  7. Roll out the dough, either on a lightly floured surface or between sheets of wax paper, so that it is large enough to fit into the pie plate with a large overhang of pie crust that will be used to fold over part of the peach filling. Spray the pie plate with cooking spray (i.e. Pam) and transfer the dough to the plate.
  8. Spoon the filling into the pie plate, arranging the peaches so that they fit nicely into the pan and pile a bit towards the center. Fold the excess dough over the peaches. This will not cover the entire top surface.
  9. Bake at 400° oven for 40-50 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.
  10. Betsy's tidbits:
  11. I bake my Rustic Peach Pie on the bottom rack of my oven. I found, through trial and error, that the lower third oven rack did not bake the bottom of the crust as nicely as I wanted it to. If your oven tends to run hot, bake in the lower third rather than on the bottom rack.
  12. If nutmeg is not your favorite spice, either eliminate it or cut it back a bit.
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